Important information regarding the recent AMS power outage.

The transformer that provides electricity to the AMS building in Providence went down on Sunday, April 22. The restoration of our email, website, AMS Bookstore and other systems is almost complete. We are currently running on a generator but overnight a new transformer should be hooked up and (fingers crossed) we should be fine by 8:00 (EDT) Wednesday morning. This issue has affected selected phones, which should be repaired by the end of today. No email was lost, although the accumulated messages are only just now being delivered so you should expect some delay.

Thanks for your patience.

AMS Sectional Meeting Registration/Housing/ Etc.

Program |  Deadlines | Inquiries:

2005 Spring Western Section Meeting
University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California, April 16—17, 2005
Meeting #1007

Associate secretary:
Michel L. Lapidus, AMS,,


Participants should make their own arrangements directly with the hotel of their choice and request the UCSB discount. The AMS is not responsible for rate changes or for the quality of the accommodations. Rates quoted do not include sales tax of 10%. Hotels have varying cancellation or early checkout penalties; be sure to ask for details when making your reservation.

Best Western South Coast Inn, 5620 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93117; 805-967-3200; \$112 single/double. Free shuttle to/from the airport and UCSB between 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m., complementary continental breakfast. Rooms have high-speed Internet connections. For further information visit Deadline for reservations is March 15.

Motel 6, 5897 Calle Real, Goleta, CA; 805-964-3596; rates start at \$72.99/single or double for Friday and Saturday and \$57.99 for Sunday. Reservations are on a first-come-first-served basis.

Ramada Limited, 4770 Calle Real, Goleta, CA: 805-964-3511; from \$120/night. Complimentary transportation provided between airport and inn, complementary continental breakfast. Rooms have high-speed Internet connections. For further information visit http://www.SBRAMADA.COM. Deadline for reservations is March 1.

Food Service

There are a number of restaurants adjacent to the campus. A list of restaurants will be available at the registration desk. Food service will also be available in the University Center and the Arbor located on campus.

Local Information and Campus Map

Please visit the website maintained by the Department of Mathematics at, campus map at, Santa Barbara Visitors Bureau site at, or the site maintained by the city of Santa Barbara at

Other Activities

AMS Book Sale: Examine the newest titles from the AMS! Complimentary coffee will be served, courtesy of AMS Membership Services. The AMS Book Sale will operate during the same hours as registration. The location of the Book Sale will be announced at a later date.

AMS Editorial Activity: An acquisitions editor from the AMS book program will be present to speak with prospective authors. If you have a book project that you would like to discuss with the AMS, please stop by the book exhibit.


After 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and virtually all day and evening on weekends, most campus lots are open to all parkers. There are a few exceptions to this, so be sure to read lot signage or any special notations on parking stalls in spaces that are marked "R" or "Service Vehicle" or the like. There is no need to obtain a parking permit unless on campus during the work week (M­F 8­5). The kiosks at the east and west gates are open on weekends and are a good check-in point for a campus map and further information. Campus parking: and

Registration and Meeting Information

The registration desk (location to be announced) will be open 7:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and 8:00 a.m. to noon on Sunday.

Registration fees (payable on-site only) are \$40/AMS members; \$60/nonmembers; \$5/emeritus members, students, or unemployed mathematicians. Fees are payable by cash, check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express.


By Air: UCSB is served by the Santa Barbara Airport (SBA), Most people traveling by air will initially land at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), approximately 2.5 hours driving time from Santa Barbara. Options for travel to UCSB from LAX include the Santa Barbara Airbus or car rental. The Santa Barbara Airbus provides several daily trips from LAX to Santa Barbara. For fare information phone 800-423-1618 (within the U.S./Canada) or 805-964-7759 (outside U.S./Canada) or visit

AMS has partnered with Delta Air Lines as the official airline for meeting and business travel for 2005. Take advantage of Delta's new SimpliFares(tm) and enjoy the following benefits:

  • No Saturday-night stay required - more flexibility
  • Always affordable - Realize up to 50% savings on every day fares in the contiguous 48 states
  • Lower change fees - reduced from \$100 to \$50 to change travel plans
  • Just eight fares - less guessing and easier planning for business travel

Click on the above Delta logo to make immediate reservations on and enter SkyBonus account number US738367060 in your passenger information screen to be recognized as an AMS member. Your
benefits include:

  • No service fees
  • 1,000 SkyMile bonus points
  • Skip the airport lines; check in online

Car Rental

Avis is the official car rental company for the sectional meeting in Santa Barbara, California. All rates include
unlimited free mileage. Special rates for this meeting are effective April 9, 2005­April 24, 2005, and begin at \$26/day for a subcompact car at the weekend rate (available from noon Thursday through Monday at 11:59 p.m.). Should a lower qualifying rate become available at the time of booking, Avis is pleased to offer a 5% discount off the lower qualifying rate or the meeting rate, whichever is lower. Rates do not include any state or local surcharges, tax, optional coverages, or gas refueling charges. Renters must meet Avis's age, driver, and credit requirements. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-331-1600 or online at Meeting Avis Discount Number B159266.

Driving: UCSB is easily accessible from U.S. 101. From the south take the UCSB/Highway 217 exit. From the north take Storke Road/UCSB exit and drive south (toward the ocean) to the junction with El Colegio Road. Turn left onto El Colegio Road and proceed to the west gate kiosk.

Other: Santa Barbara is also served by Amtrak train service and Greyhound bus service.

Information for International Participants

International participants should view this important information about traveling to the United States.


Located on the coast of California, Santa Barbara County's climate is mild and sunny all year, with an average daytime temperature between 60°F and 70°F (16°C and 21°C). Santa Barbara attire is generally California casual.


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